Congrats Dan and condolences Shanan.
Labour did move their share of the vote up from 2017 from 34 to 44%, but the kicker for them is that National’s share of the vote barely fell at all – their’s went from 52.8 to 51.1%.
So all of the Labour’s vote was cannibalized from the Greens and NZ First.
I think this shows the problem that Labour has – while their share of the vote continues to rise, it is all coming from the Greens and NZ First. National voters are staying staunchly with National.
How do they go about fixing that problem? I’m not sure.
However, all in all, this was a well-run campaign by Labour, and cutting a majority of 6000 down to 1000 is no simple task.
Finally, this has changed my perception of what type of seat Northcote is – before, I would have said it is a safe National seat, now, I’m calling it a seat that leans National. A well-run campaign there by Labour in 2020 could see them wrestle it off National.
Once again, congratulations Dan.